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Cocoa Thieves Haunt Malagasy Farmers

Photo by James L. Stanfield

Madagascar, perhaps better known as one of the world’s top producers of vanilla, also grows cocoa beans. For chocolate. High-end chocolate.

And that’s putting unprotected Malagasy farmers at risk. Because as demand for their “dark gold” rises, so do prices. And so does the temptation for armed cocoa bandits to rob unprotected farmers of their valuable crop.

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Comments

  1. Kati
    Germany
    September 14, 2012, 12:31 pm

    I have been several times in Madagascar and love the cocoa and chocolate from there. The taste cannot be compared with any other chocolate I know. The cocoa is grown pure organic and the chocolate is produced and packaged on the island. BUT Madecasse is NOT the only chocolate producer in Madagascar. Actually, Cinagra is producing the chocolate for them and label it with Madecasse. And the oldest chocolate factory in Madagascar is Chocolaterie Robert, they produce since 1940.